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US Civil Society Open Government Partnership Resources plays a key role in coordinating US civil society's engagement with the Open Government Partnership. In this work, we have evaluated the administration's implementation of their first and second National Action Plans (NAP) and created model plans to inform the administration's second and upcoming National Action Plan.

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OTG Releases Progress Report on 2nd Open Government Partnership Plan - October 5, 2015 Newsletter

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Open government groups call for new USTR “transparency officer”

In a letter sent today, OTG joined 22 groups and individuals committed to government openness and accountability to urge the USTR to reconsider the recent decision to appoint the USTR General Counsel as its new, congressionally-mandated “transparency officer.”

Civil Society Groups Issue Progress Report on 2nd National Action Plan; Urge Administration to Take Meaningful Action

In a new report released today by, civil society groups find that the U.S. government, despite some meaningful efforts, is not poised to fulfill many of the open government commitments made in its second OGP National Action Plan.

Openness groups call for DHS FOIA provisions to enshrine the “presumption of openness”

Open government and accountability organizations submitted comments yesterday on the proposal to amend the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The letter expresses concerns that certain provisions of the proposed regulations could hinder the FOIA process, and provides recommendations on how the new provisions can go further to ensure greater access to public interest information.

International Right to Know Day 2015: calls for legislative reforms and Executive actions to improve FOIA

In recognition of International Right to Know Day, calls on the Obama Administration to adopt meaningful commitments and support legislative reforms that would significantly improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

OTG Challenges Ongoing Classification of the CIA Torture Program - September 22, 2015 Newsletter

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New OGIS Report Highlights Need for FOIA Reform; Observes “lack of knowledge” about FOIA Guidelines

In its second National Action Plan (NAP) for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the White House committed to standardizing FOIA practices across federal agencies, improving agency FOIA processes by reducing backlogs and promoting proactive disclosure, and increasing FOIA trainings across the government. A new report from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), made public on Friday, shows that the Administration’s commitments thus far have not led to significant FOIA improvements in poor-performing agencies, and illustrates the need for the government to adopt more ambitious commitments on FOIA in its forthcoming third Plan. Challenges Ongoing Classification of the CIA Torture Program

Earlier this week, filed a detailed complaint with the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), arguing that even after the release of the Senate torture report’s

Senate Should Adopt VA Whistleblower Protections

Yesterday, joined the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and 35 other organizations in calling on the Senate to adopt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower protections that constitute Section 4 of the VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994). 

The Classified Section

Check out our new blog, The Classified Section, for analysis of national security secrecy.

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